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tonight on "nightline" -- a mother's love. you've heard jaycee dugard tell her unthinkable story to diane sawyer, how she was kidnapped at age 11, held prisoner for 18 years, had two babies in this backyard. tonight, the story of how she survived. >> i just held on to see my mom again. >> plus, b bhmann bombshell. how presidential candidate michele bachmann and her husband make their money. hidden cameras go inside their clinic. >> the truth is, god has designed our eyes to be attracted to the woman's body. >> tonight, brian ross investigates. and cinderella story.
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an electronic world cup moment. how the u.s. women's soccer team has put a new face on women. good evening, i'm cynthia mcfadden. in a remarkable abc news exclusive last night, jaycee dugard told diane sawyer the wrenching story of how she was kidnapped at age 11 by a convicted sex offender and held for 18 years. her self-possession and strength in telling her story in that interview and in the new book she's written made us all wonder how, how did she endure, display extraordinary courage? jaycee allowed us to interview not just her but also her therapist to begin to answer that estion. here's abc's diane sawyer. >> reporter: if there is a way to endure and triumph over hell,
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who would have thought an 11-year-old girl, jaycee dugard, would be the one to find it? her story is the story of hope. >> sometimes you just have to hold on to any kind of hope to survive. >> reporter: now 31 years old, dugard says surviving must be your strength and not your shame. it was an indetractable resilience and clinging to her dream that kept dugard alive during those 18 years. when her life changed, she was just 11 years old and in the fifth grade. early one june morning, she climbs the hill out of her home on the way to school. she is stopped buy a gray car, paralyzed by a stun gun and driven 120 miles to a house on the outskirts of san francisco. >> police started searching the neighborhood. >> reporter: police launch a manhunt. road blocks. her mother is frantic.
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>> pretty, young, innocent child. >> reporter: her kidnappers, a 40-year-old convicted rapist and pedophile, phihiip garrido, and his wife, nancy. garrido handcuffs her. huts her naked in a sound proof storage shack.k. she drifts in and out of sleep. >> i was so lonely. i felt so alone. >> reporter: that first night alen and terrified, through a towel covering the single window, she could see moonlight. at one point, you write, you get up and you take your teeth and you pull the towel- >> i wanted to see where i was. >> reporter: the moon arcing back to the mother she adores. >> we would always sit on the porch and we would debate whether the foull moon or the crescent moon was the better moon. >> reporter: to you remember the song you sang? >> i see the moon and the moon
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sees me. god bless the moon and god bless me. >> reporter: as months and years, more years roll by, the missing posters fade. her mother does not give up. according to her therapist, rebecca bailey, who specializes in family reunification, that memory, jaycee's memory, of her mother, may have been the life raft thaha helped her survive. >> what saved her was a early on relationship with her mother that allowed her to go into something with a strong sense of sese. >> reporter: the therapist says just as there is posttraumatic stress, there can be posttraumatic growth. in those years, jaycee had trauma enough for many lifetimes. at 13, she was pregnant. and twice would give birth, no medical care, in the squalored backyard. even though she was still a child, she knew those babies, >> i felt like i wasn't alone
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anymore. had somebody that was mine. i wasn't alone. have a second person to love and to love me. and maybe another little piece of my mom to hang on to. >> reporter: after six years being locked inside, away from sun, away from the sky, her captors increasingly confident unbolted a door and allowed her to walk out into the yard. you planted little flowers. >> yeah. i like to garden. >> reporter: my colleague, abc's chris cuomo, also spoke to rebecca bailey. >> how much of whatou think jaycee had inside her naturally worked to her benefit? >> i believe firmly that the core that her mother fostered in
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this child got her through. i mean, there's no question. on top of it, her ability to learn from the environment and adapt and adjust is another -- another piece of it. >> reporter: and the mother still fighting on, holding rummage sales to try to get money to pay for private detectives. alone, except for a few friends who quit their jobs to try to help her. >> what did it take for a mom to keep the hope alive for all those years? >> fortitude. she did what she had to do. and did it in -- i mean, there is no part of terry in my mind that believed that this child was not going to come home, and being the great doctor i am, that -- it stumps me as well. >> reporter: and even though her memory of her mother was
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betraying her, her heart did not. >> i wanted to see her more than anything. reporter: and worried you'd forget? >> worried i'd forget what she was lake or what she sounded like. would she forget me? >> reporter: though after 18 years of torment, it was too painful to look up at the moon. oddly, the night before she would be rescued, she looked at the sky. you really believe that others could have gone through this and held on as you did? >> i think they could have, yeah. i don't feel like i did anything special. i just did what i needed to do. held on to see my mom again and, you know -- >> held on strong. our thanks to diane sawyer. just ahead, we'll show you what hidden cameras uncovered inside this family business of gop presidential contender
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last month, republican presidential candidate michele bachmann came under fire because her family businene, a counseling clinic run by her husband, was shown to hahave collected more than $137,000 in annual payments from medicaid, a federal p pgram that tea party favorite has strongly criticized. tonight, that clinic is at the center of a different controversy. abc's brian ross has investigated. brian.
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>> reporter: michele bachmann was well known to the religious right. now we're learning a lot more about her and her husband and the business that has been the family's principal source of income. on the campaign trail, michele bachmann telel supporters her husband has been the key to their 33 years of happy marriage. >> i have a very big advantage, because marcus has his ph.d. in counseling and he's a marriage counselor. >> repepter: but dr. bachmann's brand of counseling is highly controversial and could become a campaign issue. >> here's my husband dr. marcus bachmann. >> reporter: operating out of suburban minneapolis, dr. bachmann runs a christian counseling firm, co-owned with his wife michele, that at times, according to former patients, has tried to convert gay men into heterosexuals through christian prayerer >> you know, i could be straight and god would forgive me if i was straight. >> reporter: andrew ramirez of minneapolis was 17 when his family sent him to bachmann and
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associates where he says a counselor working for bachmann tried unsuccessfully to "save" him from his sin. >> i remember leaving that parking lot with my mom and i said, you know, mom, i'm gay, i do not think this is something that can be changed. >> reporter: in an interview with a christian radio outlet, dr. bachmann has described homosexuals as barbarians. >> it is as if we have to understand barbarians need to be educated. they need to be disciplined. and just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn't meann that we're supposed to go down that road. >> reporter: when a minneapolis paper claimed five years ago bachmann clinic was trying to convert gays to straight, he called it a false statement. now, undercover video shot just last month inside the clinic by a gay advocacy group, truth wins out, seems to show some form of
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the practice is indeed offered to patients. >> yeah, you're in the midst of a storm. >> reporter: the video was made by a member of the group, john becker. >> i had two cameras. the first was in my bag right here through this little pin hole. and the second was on a wristwatch. >> reporter: becker told the clinic of feelings towards men and depression and asked if he could be relieved of his homosexual urges through therapy and prayer. >> reporter: he could cure your homo sexuality? >> yes. he said a change is possible. he bleaches full change from homosexual to heterosexual is possible. >> the truth is god has designed our eyes to be attracted to the woman's body. to be attracted to, you know, everything. >> reporter: in the office, becker also took a picture of a stock stack of brooks written by a self-proclaimed former
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lesbian. who claims she was able to cure her homosexuality through god. >> i believe god was by my side. calling my name even though i was trapped in this sin. >> on the wall was a personal endorsement from dr. bachmann recommending her book and saying her book spoke a truth that could set people free. >> reporter: becker attended five sessions at the bachmann clinic, charged about $73 for each visit. each session began and ended with a prayer. the american psychological association has told members the idea of converting gays through therapy and prayer, called reparative therapy, is both ineffective and potentially harmful. >> efforts to pray away sexual orientation from the evidence we've seen areunlikely to be effective. now, that's not to say that people can't change their behavior or even change their identity, but changing their sexual orientation, changing that deep part of them about who
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they're attracted to, which emerges spontaneously in adolescence without choice, we have not seen any evidence that such therapies or such religious practices change that. >> reporter: the group that maded undercover video say it show the bachmanns have not been forthcoming about what happens inside the family business. >> i think this tape shows bachmann associates they do reparative therapy, which is trying to basically pray away the gay. >> reporter: asked about our abc news report at a campaign appearance today in iowa, michele bachmann said it was not something americans were interested in. but defended the family clinic. >> i'm running for the presidency of the united states and i'm here today to talk about job creation and also the fact we do have a business that deals with job creation. we're very proud of the business that we created. >> reporter: in a statement to abc news, the campaign said
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don't just vacuum clean, resolve clean. sometimes there's a moment in sports that's so dramatic it gets everybody's attention, even folks who don't usually watch sports. that's exactly what the u.s. women's soccer teamreated in the final minutes of their world cup quarterfinal match.
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here's john berman with tonight's "sign of the times." >> throws it in -- >> reporter: on one field on one day with one team we saw it all. we saw perseverance. >> no, no, no. >> reporter: we saw frustration. and we saw hope. >> yes. brilliant save from solo. >> reporter: goalie hope solo whose outstretched hand protected the american net with veracity and pure confidence. >> i read lake a -- >> reporter: she was on "good morning america" this morning. >> i knew there would be a moment i could read the play. >> reporter: they all seemed to know there would be a moment. a moment for greatness. even when to everyone else it looked unlikely. american star amy wambach saw opportunity. >> i was just trying to get people to know, literally it
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takes one second to score a goal, takes one opportunity. >> reporter: with little over a minute left before their world cup would end, it was an unbelievable cross and an unreal header. >> she's known to do this. itit abby -- >> reporter: that goal pulled them back from the brink and pushed them into one of the most nerve-racking tiebreakers in sports, a penalty kick shootout. it was hope solo's turn with that hand. >> she's the best goalkeeper in the world. i was as confident as she was. >> reporter: allowing the u.s. to seal the deal with its final goal. >> the usa wins! >> reporter: deja vu. it was 12 years ago to the day the u.s. won the world cup with that last irt-tearing shot from brandi chastain. today's heroes grew up watching those heroes. >> you know, absolutely, with the '99 team, it's an historical
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moment. it really kind of created the pathway to our success. >> reporter: so besides the heart-stopping moments what do they have in common? well, you c ctainly noticed that they're both teams of women. but you hopefully noticed they're a team of athletes. phenomenal, gifted, hard-working athletes. that is what these fans, men and women, noticed. that is what the kids and coaches at soccer camps noticed today. >> they're such great role models. >> role models? >> absolutely. they don't stop playing until the whistle blew. >> reporter: it is athletes like this that make answers like this so simple and so possible. do you guys want to be soccer players whether you grow up? >> yeah. >> reporter: soccer players like this, athletes like this. this week at least heroes like this. i'm john berman for "nightli" in new york. >> great athletes. team usa will next face france on wednesdayt


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